How to troubleshoot a valve
There are a few different possible causes of your stations not turning on.
- You water may not be turned on.
- If you have a master valve, manually open that and then try running the timer again.
- If you have a pump, make sure that is activating and allowing the water to flow through
- Manually open a valve to check water flow.
- If your water is on, you want to check the voltage at the timer (voltmeter required)
- The timer will send out 24 volts ac, so set your meter to AC volts.
- Turn station 1 on a manual cycle (see “Manual Watering”)
- Insert one prong of the volt meter into common, and the other into station 1. You should get 24-30 volts AC. Note: a wire needs to be attached to the terminal to get an accurate reading.
- If you are not getting at least 24 volts, contact technical support.
- Repeat for the remaining stations.
- If your timer is sending the correct voltage out, you will want to test the voltage at the valve.
- Make sure your timer is still running a manual cycle
- Locate your valve box in your yard and identify station 1.
- Attach the prongs of your volt meter to the two wires coming off of the valve.
- You should be getting 24-30 volts AC.
- If the voltage is getting to the valves, you may have a defective valve. Check the manual for the manufacturer’s valve to troubleshoot the valve.